A Wagner heir has died, at 71main
Iris Wagner, eldest daughter of Wieland, disenfranchised by her uncle Wolfgang, has died, too soon, at 71.
Unlike most Wagners, she made a life for herself away from music and Bayreuth. Iris was the distinguished translator into German of the letters of Sylvia Plath and the later novels of Doris Lessing. Living in Berlin, Iris was also a photographer and film maker.
She had little to say about her great-grandfather, or about Bayreuth. Her only published comment: ‘I’m ashamed of it. Bayreuth burns in every nook and cranny.’
UPDATE: The FAZ has piblished an appreciaiton of Iris Wagner here.